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You can register your vehicle in the state of Oregon with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

You can choose from a variety of Oregon license plate types which include specialty and disability license plates.

For an additional fee, you can personalize your license plate to have a unique plate number.

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Applying for License Plates in Oregon

Residents of Oregon are required to register their vehicle with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Vehicles like cars, trucks, and vans must have a license plate secured to the front and rear. Motorcycles and trailers are only required to have a license plate secured at the rear.

All vehicles must have valid, up-to-date registration decals in order to drive legally on the roads in Oregon.

To apply for license plates, go to an Oregon DMV office and submit the following:

  • Valid ID (i.e. Oregon driver’s license)
  • Proof of insurance
  • Completed application forms
  • Certification of passed emissions tests
  • Titling documentation
  • Payment for applicable registration fees

You are required to register your vehicle within 30 days of purchase or when becoming a new resident with out-of-state vehicles.

Types of License Plates in Oregon

When you register your vehicle, it is possible to apply for various types of license plates. You can get:

  • Oregon’s standard issued license plate
  • Specialty license plates
  • Disability license plates and placards

When purchasing a new vehicle, you’ll be required to obtain temporary license plates to drive legally until your registration is completed.

Temporary license plates are provided be accredited DMV locations and remain valid for 21 days.

Specialty License Plates in Oregon

The state of Oregon has various specialty license plates dedicated to organizations, occupations, military personnel, charities, and more. The following are examples of specialty Oregon license plates which you can apply for:

  • Recreational Parks Plates
    • Crater Lake
    • Pacific Wildlife
  • Organizational License Plates
    • Lions Club of Oregon
    • Masonic Order
  • Special Causes Lices Plates
    • Share the road
    • Keep Kids Safe
  • Collegiate License Plates
    • Oregon State University
    • Fraternity & Sorority Types
  • Military License Plates
    • Purple Cross Award
    • Various War Veteran Styles
  • Classic Car License Plates
    • Antique vehicles
    • Street rods

All specialty license plates have different fees in addition to the regular registration fees. Some of the plates dedicated to charities and nonprofits donate a portion of the fee toward the organization’s cause.

Personalized License Plates in Oregon

If you want to personalize your license plate with a custom plate number, you can look up what is available online.

You must following the state’s guidelines in order to be eligible to have personalized license plates:

  • Has between 2 to 6 characters (i.e. letters, numbers)
  • Available for registration
  • Does not contain foul language
  • No suggestions of being associated with a public service (i.e. “P0L1CE”)

You will be required to pay a fee in addition to the regular plate fees when you register a personalized plate.

If you already have license plates, it is possible to change your license plates by submitting an application either online, in person, or by mail.

Disability License Plates in Oregon

If you have a disability, you may be eligible for disability license plates or placards.

You must submit any necessary medical documents to be eligible for disability plates and placards in Oregon.

Contact an Oregon DMV office for more information.

Replacing License Plates in Oregon

Whenever you lose, damage, or have your plates stolen, you must apply for replacements with your local DMV office.

Is it possible to apply for replacement plates by mail or you can go to the nearest office.

Note: You don’t have to submit a police report if your plates were stolen, however doing so would help prevent their misuse.

Transferring License Plates in Oregon

You are required to keep your license plates with you after selling, donating, or auctioning you vehicle.

If you purchase a new vehicle, you can transfer your old plates for an additional fee when registering your vehicle at the DMV.

You are not permitted to sell your license plates with your vehicle.

Surrendering License Plates in Oregon

You may be required to surrender your Oregon license plates if:

  • You move to a new state
  • You sell your vehicle and do not transfer to a new one
  • You damage your plates and apply for replacements

Plates can be surrendered to a qualified DMV location either by mail or in person.

Renewal of Oregon License Plates

You are required to renew your vehicle’s registration every 2 years. You may receive a notification in the mail with information about renewing your vehicle either:

  • In person
  • By mail
  • Online

After you have renewed your vehicle, you will receive new decal stickers to be placed on your rear license plate.

Summary of Fees for Oregon License Plates

The following are a few of the fees you may be required to pay for your vehicle:

  • Standard Plate Fee: $12 per plate
  • Personalized License Plate: $50 + standard plate fee
  • Example of Specialty Plate Fee (Keep Kids Safe): $30
  • Temporary License Plates: $21
  • Transfer Fee: $6
  • Replacement Plate: $12 per plate
  • Replacement Stickers: $10

Note: You may be required to pay for taxes and additional services when you register or renew your vehicle. Contact your local DMV office for more information regarding the type of vehicle you have.

Looking Up License Plates in Oregon

You can perform an online search for available license plates in Oregon by using the search bar above.

You’ll be able to see if a plate number is available or already registered with another vehicle. In addition, you may be able to see a vehicle’s history and other information (such as vehicle images, videos, etc.).